Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51:12

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Peek At The Pink

Hi friends! Busy, busy times.I have not worked on Moonlight Visitor at all. In one week we will be living in the apartment, so we have been packing and moving boxes over. The apartment is one mile away.πŸ˜‰ I do have a very few pictures to share with you. Not much so far, but I have had a LOT of requests to see the pink, so here you go!

This is a living room wall. This paint color is called New House White. It is the palest of the whites with red hues by Behr paint. It seems in the morning to appear totally white. I took this picture at it's pinkest. It did not even seem this pink in real life to me. I was surprised when I viewed it on the computer screen by the amount of pink showing up. (But I like it!!)
This is one of the first things I noticed about our apartment. Yes, I know. Such an important thing, right?πŸ˜‰ Brian said he never noticed this. I fell in love with these glass door knobs instantly. Our building is 150 years old.😍
I just love these locks. This is the boys' bedroom closet, complete with skeleton key still in the lock.

Here is our lovely, old medicine cabinet. It might be hard to tell, but the bathroom walls are painted Martha Stewart Magnolia Blossom ( a very pale pink).
When my Great Aunt Corrine died I got her kitchen table. NOT her kitchen chairs. My Aunt Kathy took those. Yes, took the chairs. When you are 22 years old, you take what you get.πŸ˜‰ So, after carting this antique table around for all these years, it was not in the best of shape. It is 104 years old now. Solid Maple. It was made by the Wisconsin Chair Company of Port Washington. Not far from here. So cool! 

Good thing our second son, Emerson is a carpenter hey?😁 It was all just surface damage. That young man sanded it all down, stained it all to match the original color and varnished it. TA DA!
I know. Not a good picture at all. I just don't have time and I only took the camera with me once to the apartment. I will get another one sometime soon. Really. Notice the leaf is in. We will keep it that way. We are more used to those dimensions of the table. The size compares to our present kitchen table which we are selling with the house.

The three chairs seen here are the ones I got for $5 a piece. They needed a little wood glue, and I put new fabric on the seats. I think they are cute. The three other chairs we bought are T backs. So a little mix and match. Oh well!
The grey vinyl flooring you see is in the dining area and the kitchen. The rest of the apartment has wood floors.

More pictures to come my friends! That is it for today though. I have been packing, packing and unloading, unloading. REPEAT!  It is nice that we live only one mile from the apartment. We can run loads of boxes over there when we fill up the car a few times a week. The BIG, final move is next Thursday.

I have been figuring out valances. I had some pink and some white linen in my stash already. I had to order some very pale pink linen. I went to JoAnn and bought some black linen. All the valances will be linen at this house. I have never done the same thing with my curtains or valances over the years at any of our four homes or our first apartment! I enjoy creating new styles.😊

Well, I must get back to packing. Then I will take a break and sew for a bit. For now the cross stitch sits on the side.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed a look into my new world. I always enjoy having you, so come again!

Sewing and praying,
Vickie



Friday, October 13, 2017

🐩

Hi friends! Let me finally share with you the progress I have made on Moonlight Visitor.
I am getting there, slow but sure. Not a lot of stitching time lately. Lots of packing going on. And I have been plotting and planning new valances for the apartment! I have always loved making curtains and valances for our homes. I took home economics in junior high and high school, did you? I loved those classes. I really enjoyed the cooking and sewing AND they were useful classes! For me they certainly were anyhow.
Oh do I have a good book for you! I listened to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James and I really, really, really liked it a LOT! I could not wait to listen to it each time I had a chance. This basically followed Charlotte's life, and what an interesting life she had!
Though poor, plain, and unconnected, Charlotte Bronte possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings—creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature's most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind, Charlotte Bronte dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.
But it is in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires—and the truth about her life, its triumphs and shattering disappointments, her family, the inspiration behind her work, her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have . . . and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls.
"Who is this man who has dared to ask for my hand? Why is my father so dead set against him? Why are half the residents of Haworth determined to lynch him—or shoot him?"
From Syrie James, the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a powerfully compelling, intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Bronte. It is Charlotte's story, just as she might have written it herself.
The electrician came yesterday. At least that part is over and done.  Oh yes! And the painting is ALL done. Brian painted it all. The rest of us prepped and did clean up. I will have pictures eventually. I don't want you all to think the apartment is overwhelmingly pink. Not at all. It is very subtle. Very pale. Very pretty if I must say so myself.😘

Well, back to some packing. Thanks for stopping by today my friends. I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
Me and Murphy strolling down Main Street nowadays. ;) Right!! Ha!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Silver Anniversary

Hi friends! Wow. I can take a break I think.

On the 3rd was Brian and my 25th wedding anniversary. On Saturday we had our celebration. We had a joint party with my mom and her husband, as they will also be married next month for 25 years this year. The party was wonderful. We rented a hall in the town I grew up in. The one my mom and most of my family still lives in. We had family and friends, a meal and a good time.

I had on display this:
Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon
 Do you like the frame Brian and I picked out together? We went to Hobby Lobby to have it done.

And after I gave this to Mom and Jim, we displayed this also:
They loved it and were very appreciative I am happy to announce.😊

I have been stitching just a little on AotH, Moonlight Visitor. I am sorry, I do not have a picture for you today.

I won a giveaway from our friend DJ. This is a super chart. It will make great gifts for friends.πŸ˜‰Sorry DJ, I did not remember to take a picture of the chart AGAIN and I am not putting off posting about this gift from you another day! So I borrowed the picture from your blog.πŸ˜‰

That's it for today for me my friends. Break is over! Back to packing! Oh yes, I must tell you all. The moving date is NOT the 13th, this Friday. It is the 27th. That truly was the original date. The buyer is a first time buyer and also an underwriter at a bank. So she THOUGHT she could move it up to the 13th and was pushing for it, but no, it will be the 27th. That is okay. We have the apartment cleaned and over half painted. Think pink my friends! (Very, very pale pink) Woo hoo! Yes, my husband loves me.πŸ’•

Take good care of yourselves. There is only one you!! And I am so glad YOU came by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie







Monday, October 2, 2017

Winner

Hi friends! We went to the apartment yesterday and cleaned and began painting. The walls were painted grey. Brian asked if we could paint them colors of our choice. Yep!😊 But boy, what a LOT of work. And we are going back at it today.😐

The winner of the "God's Art" chart is our friend Mary. I will have another giveaway soon. I found charts to give away when I had my HUGE clean out of my stash in preparation for the move.
I have read yet another book by my favorite cartoonist, Stephan Pastis. I am trying to read the books in order of publication. This one was published in 2004, and is titled, Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury. I had many laughs of course. This was a fun book.
The Fab Four of the funny pages come together again-this time in their first book treasury.

Rat, Pig, Zebra, and Goat, the central characters of Pearls Before Swine, are back in Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic, the first Pearls Before Swine treasury-supersized for your enjoyment.

But this is no ordinary cartoon treasury. Like the influential Beatles album that inspired the book's title, Sgt. Piggy is full of surprises. In addition to collecting all of the Pearls cartoons that appeared in BLTs Taste So Darn Good and This Little Piggy Stayed Home, cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes readers on a VIP backstage tour of one of the most successful comic strips in newspapers today.

In Sgt. Piggy, Pastis explains the genesis of Pearls (hint: it didn't begin at an artist's easel), why he was initially reluctant to show it to newspaper syndicates (and the surprising reason he changed his mind), the unexpected responses from readers to his work, and which Pearls strips worked and which ones didn't (and how he would have corrected the ones that didn't). The result is a rare and revealing glimpse into the world of Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra.
I am stitching away on Moonlight Visitor whenever I get the chance. I will show you a picture next time my friends. Off to the apartment I go!

Have a super week! Thank you for stopping by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





Friday, September 29, 2017

Clara Ellen

Hi friends! I have finished my mom's sampler block.😚 I am so pleased with this one. It could not be more perfect for her. I have very early memories of being out in the garden with my mom. She IS a gardener, and this sampler, Clara Ellen, just says garden to me!
Once again, I am stitching this entire Anniversaries of the Heart sampler series on 25ct cream Dublin linen, one over one. I used DMC on my mom's with the exception of VMSS Faded Celery. That is used on a few leaves, but mainly is the green that the whole house is stitched up with. I made a few changes from the pattern, as I have to with almost every block, since I am stitching this all over one, and it is necessary to make things fit. There was to be a third bird where the "e" of my mom's name is. Oh well!πŸ˜‰ The date is shown stitched up in the urn/basket. That was stitched over one on the pattern. Since I am stitching all over one, it does not fit now, so up top my mom's birth date went.

I had a PROBLEM!! ARGH! The right hand border of the last sampler block was partially off. Two thirds of it was out too far by one stitch!! I just started Clara Ellen in the correct placement and thought maybe I can leave it. As I stitched away, it ate away at me. I ripped it all out. This is the part, but is a picture of it corrected now.😁
I have now begun sampler number #9, Moonlight Visitor. This one is for Brian.

I have a pattern giveaway going on right now friends. Take a look if you are interested RIGHT HERE.

I finished yet another "Jane" book by Stephanie Barron. This one is titled Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being a Jane Austen Mystery.  I am sure you know I am going to tell you I liked it.πŸ˜‰ I have never not liked one Stephanie Barron's Jane Mysteries!!
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon—otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself—but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier’s legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.
 That is it for me today friends. I will be back next time with another book review. Have a stitchtastic weekend my friends! I am glad you stopped by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Monday, September 25, 2017

Giveaway

Hi friends! We are moving along on the sale/closing of our home. The inspection has been done. Of course the inspector found something. An electrician is coming tomorrow.

I am over half done with my mom's sampler, sampler #8, Clara Ellen. I am sorry I do not have a picture for you. Next time I will and it will be a finish. I hope! You never know. This moving stuff is busy, busy, busy!! So much to do. And our closing date is October 13th!!😱

I do want to offer a chart as a giveaway to my American friends. I am sorry, but due to postage, I have to offer it only here in the States. The only rules are that you have to be a follower of mine and you have to leave a comment here on this post telling me you would like this chart. I will draw the name of the winner on Monday, October 2nd.

The latest book that I listened to was Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. I came across this book on the blog of our friend Robin. I am so glad I did! What an excellent book! And this is a true life story!! Wow! I highly recommend this.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.
In the middle of all this busyness and craziness going on, I am trying to get a few things prepared and done for our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary party also. Wowza! Pressure makes me organized though, so this is good. I think?πŸ˜•

I hope this is a great week for you my friends! I myself, cannot wait until the weather cools down around here. It has been in the 90's for half a week. I have literally not stepped outside the house for almost 4 days now. A menstrual migraine plus the heat would NOT be good for me. It's okay.
I WILL SURVIVE!

So glad you stopped by. Til next time!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
I will have you notice the lack of chin hair!! Finally! I trimmed his chin. Remember I said I would share his picture once I trimmed the hair that Mary could not get?! Murphy is QUITE the rascal!

Monday, September 18, 2017

SOLD!

Hi friends! Guess what? Yep! The house is SOLD! 8 days! It took only 8 days on the market!πŸ˜„ And now guess what?! We close and move out on October 13th!! wOw!! Less than one month now!😲

I do have a finish to share with you. May I present Maisie!
one over one on 40ct cream linen using DMC#640
This wonderful freebie can be found RIGHT HERE. You may notice the freebie is on a French site. It is also not labelled as "Maisie". I am calling her that. Why? Have you not seen the many, many Maisie Dobbs mystery books I have read this year and last?!? I am a HUGE fan of Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs, so I just had to create a Maisie for my cubby shelf. I searched and searched for the right old fashioned lady that represented Maisie to me. It took me months to find her. Lots and lots of searching, but I found her.

I am very happy with this finish. Do you remember how I originally began this piece? Here is another look at it.

I am glad I scrapped that start and just began over again with DMC 640 instead.

I am now back to working on Anniversaries of the Heart.😊 That feels great! I am working on sampler #8, Clara Ellen. This sampler is dedicated to my mom.❤️ I will show you a picture next time.

Well, next up, is to wait for the house inspector to come by. Such fun. NOT. Always something, right?

I hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for stopping by. Your comments brighten my day.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Top Five

Hi friends! It is time for me to share my Top Five favorite Christmas ornaments from the JCS 2017 Special Holiday Issue. Except, I am sharing 9!! HA! Out of the "70+ Ornaments" in the magazine, I honestly only see myself stitching these 9. I am just listing them as I came across them in the magazine.
Image result for Just cross stitch 2017 special holiday issue
1.  Hats Off to the Holidays! by SamSarah Design Studio Inc.
2.  Sno-Cone Snowman Drop Ornament by StitchyFish Designs   
So glad to see Lee finally made it into Just Cross Stitch magazine! Just like she said she would!! Congratulations Lee! What an accomplishment!
3.  Modern Nordic Ornament by Ink Circles
4.  A Savior Has Been Born by My Big Toe Designs
5.  Halleluia by Nikyscreations
6.  Joy by Hands On Design
7.  2017 Christmas Bauble by Patricia Ann Designs
8.  Merry & Bright by Lucie Heaton Cross Stitch Designs
9.  Very Merry by Lizzie Kate Inc.
Aren't these great ones? I really like them. Do you? Have you seen this issue? Do you have a favorite? I still really look forward to this issue every year. I enjoy just flipping through old issues.😊

We continue to show our home. Which means constantly keeping it spotless.πŸ™„

 I have been stitching up the freebie for my cubby shelf on 40 ct, one over one. I am getting close to a finish.

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement last time. I surprised all of you by our plans to move to an apartment. It is definitely a BIG change for us!

I hope you have a stitchtastic weekend my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Friday, September 8, 2017

Stitching and Slightly Crazy Over Here

Hi friends! The stitching of the small freebie is not going so well. All because I wanted a vintage look. I wanted it to look like an old sepia photograph. Well using DMC 4145 was NOT  the way to go about that. I figured that out after stitching on it for TWO days. One over one on 40 ct. Yes, you read that right. Wanna see the hot mess?
Um, yep. Can't tell what it is right? Nope. I am not telling you yet. πŸ˜‰

The winner of the Stitcher's Sampler Pattern Giveaway is our friend Manuela. Manuela I need your postal address, and I will have this sampler pattern sent on it's way to you.
 
 I have news. We are moving. After living in this pink and white brick home for 9 1/2 years, we are downsizing. This is our fourth home we have owned. We are now moving to an apartment. We have not lived in an apartment since the first year of our marriage. The apartment is two miles from this home, in our same little village. The apartment is on Main Street above the Italian bakery. I have never mentioned it, but in addition to Brian's full time work, he works a part time job as a baker. Yes, he is the other baker who works with the 75 year old Italian baker.

So. BIG changes for us. We had a HUGE rummage sale. Got a storage unit, put many things there for the meantime and have been getting our home ready for sale. My stash has NEVER been more organized or purged!! Yesterday afternoon the house first went on the market. We had a call from our real estate agent telling us a family would like to come see it. They came in the early evening. We are waiting to here from our agent today what the showing agent has to say about last evening. Here we go! I will keep you posted. 😡

I hope you have a wonderful weekend friends! I am so very glad you stopped by.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie














Monday, September 4, 2017

Wahoo!

Hi friends! I did it! Wahoo! It is DONE!😁 I finally finished Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon!! Oh yes I did!! And then... I gave it to Brian right away. Ha! We will go pick out a frame this week. He loves it and is impressed with all the shading he says.
I want this to be framed and on display on a table at our upcoming 25th  wedding anniversary party with family and friends.
This was stitched two over two on white 28ct linen using all the called for DMC.
This pattern can be found in the Spring 2016 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine.

I am now working on a small.😊 Yes, one of my beloved smalls. It has been too long. I have this freebie I have been wanting to work up for many months and I am doing it NOW!

I want to remind all of you my friends that I have a Stitcher's Sampler pattern giveaway going on right now. I will be drawing the name of the winner on this Friday. If you would like to enter that giveaway, please go HERE
I read the simplest, funniest book the other day. From the young adult section of the library. Yep. Pearls Before Swine: BLTs Taste So Darn Good by Stephan Pastis.  Are you familiar with the Pearls Before Swine comic strip? It is my favorite. This is his first book from 2003, and I just had to order it from another library to read it. I did not know Stephan was a lawyer who quit to become a cartoonist. I am glad he did! I was laughing so hard I was crying sometimes with this book.πŸ˜‚
Pearls Before Swine is the hilarious new comic strip tale of two friends: an arrogant, egotistical Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn't know any better. Together with Zebra, the activist, and Goat, the reluctant brain, Pearls Before Swine offers caustic commentary on humanity's quest for the unattainable. Smart, witty, and sometimes painfully honest, Pearls Before Swine mocks the flaws and shortcomings of human nature with cynical humor.

Pearls Before Swine has been syndicated by United Feature Syndicate since January 2002 and now appears in more than 100 newspapers worldwide. In panel after panel, Pearls Before Swine causes readers to lose themselves in laughter.
I know some of you want to see a picture of Murphy with his haircut. Well, he was naughty for Mary. She could not finish his chin at his last haircut a few weeks ago. I have been snipping here and there when I can. I cannot sneak a muzzle on and do it, now can I? So as soon as I get those billy goat hairs trimmed off, you get a handsome picture of him.πŸ˜‰

I hope and pray you all have a wonderful week my friends. I thank you for stopping by today. Thank you for your kind comments. Til next time!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie










Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrate the Years

Hi friends! This is the latest piece I have completed.
I can understand if you would be thinking this is for my and Brian's 25th wedding anniversary coming up on October 3rd, but it is not. Why not?! I stitched it for my mom and her husband that is why! They were married the month after us, also in 1992. We are having a 25th wedding anniversary party together with family and friends in October to celebrate. I am gifting this to them then. I will  frame it by then.πŸ˜‰

This is called Celebrate the Years by Hands On Design. This pattern can be found in the June 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

This was stitched two over two on 32ct linen as suggested. I had the parchment linen suggested, but not in 32 count so I chose something similar from my stash. I used the recommended blanc and 318 DMC, but also added in 415.

The winner of the 'French Elegance' pattern giveaway is our friend RJ!
 
If you would like a chance at another pattern, I am giving away a sampler pattern right now. Take a look HERE
I finished reading the other book that I found through the Jane Austen display at our library, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. Have any of you read this book? I know Jenny has.πŸ˜‰ We both liked it.This story sure did make me wonder if maybe our Jane did have a love of her life, and maybe just never wanted to broadcast this information all over the place?
Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane's life—finally, the truth may have been found. . . .
What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen's life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart.
Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.
Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen's own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author's romantic tales. It's a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen—and to anyone who loves a great story.
I am now back to stitching on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon exclusively.

I am so glad you stopped by today. Your comments brighten my days. Thank you.😘

Stitching and praying,
Vickie